Posts Tagged ‘CERA’

WTF? CERA’s party political broadcasts

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, September 13th, 2013 - 29 comments

James Dann at Rebuilding Christchurch has picked up on some seriously concerning signs of political partisanship from CERA.

Brownlee’s dirty little deal

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, July 20th, 2011 - 12 comments

I/S has revealed how Gerry Brownlee handpicked the “independent” body that is meant to monitor the use of his CERA powers. He appointed Jenny Shipley to the panel and got her $1000 a day, three times the usual pay. Brownlee said the extra was needed to get the people he wanted. But the chair says money didn’t enter into it for him.

Blindingly obvious – but secret

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 17th, 2011 - 119 comments

In the damaged suburbs of Christchurch, people’s lives, their emotions, in many cases their finances, are all stuck in limbo.  Residents need to know which areas are going to be written off.  What they don’t need is Gerry Brownlee telling them they are “simplistic”…

Brownlee flexing his CERA muscle

Written By: - Date published: 3:29 pm, May 10th, 2011 - 10 comments

Is the power of CERA going to Brownlee’s head a bit?  Seems he’s using it to intimidate Christchurch building owners.

Hartevelt hearts Brownlee

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, April 17th, 2011 - 21 comments

Young John Hartevelt has obviously decided it’s a good idea to cozy up to our new dictator. How else to explain the fawning piece in today’s Sunday Star-Times? Hartevelt heaps plaudits on Gerry Brownlee for deigning to have a one day select committee and swipes at Labour’s Lianne Dalziel for daring to demand better for her constituents.

Voting away our democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, April 13th, 2011 - 52 comments

Just before the second Christchurch earthquake, Gerry Brownlee was being criticised for the lack of progress in recovery. People suggested what was needed was an independent commissioner to lead the rebuilding – an ‘earthquake Tsar’. Brownlee responded “the last Tsar got shot“. Now, the new CERA law makes Brownlee our Tsar in a very literal sense.

NRT: Canterbury Enabling Act II

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, March 31st, 2011 - 13 comments

Over at No Right Turn, I/S has written a useful summary of the government’s plan for new emergency legislation for Christchurch. It gives the minister largely unfettered powers with only limited rights of appeal for affected citizens. The mindset behind this legislation is that Gerry Brownlee and his developer mates know best.

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